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Meet the Team


"You should not confuse your career with your life"

We'd like to introduce you to our team...


Barry C Carden FCCA 

Qualifications: FCCA & business practitioner in NLP

Work Experience
I Left school at eighteen to take a job as a trainee accountant with a certified practice Gilbody Lonsdale & Journeux and worked directly for one partner in a small office and qualified aged 23.

I then moved to a larger 6 partner practice in Eastbourne, Price & Co where I
gained valuable post qualification experience and became manager to one of the partners looking after his portfolio with regard to work flow management, corporate taxes and review of accounts. I left aged 28 to take a managers role with Ashdown Hurrey in their newly formed Hove office following a merger with a locally based sole practitioner.

After eighteen months the sole practitioner who became a partner left the firm, leaving behind the Hove team. The partners of the firm backed me as senior manager and we managed to retain sufficient numbers of clients to make the office profitable. I was promoted to salaried partner in 1996 and became a full equity partner in 2001. During this period I oversaw an increase in the fee base of £300k

Following the retirement of the managing partner Merfyn Ashdown in 2003 I took on additional management responsibilities for the firm as well as the Hove branch. I oversaw the disposal of non core activities and managed the exit of a number of consultants and an entire branch.

In 2005 I decided that that there was little synergy left in the three remaining branches and that I would be better served concentrating wholly on the Hove office and working with locally based businesses.  This led to the birth of Cardens in April 2006.

Outside Interests
I am a keen sports fan and took up golf in 2004; previously I played Hockey for a local club where I was the club secretary for a number of years.

I have been married since 2002.    


Victoria Mason FCCA

Qualification: FCCA

Work Experience
I am one of the longest standing team members at this office having been recruited as a trainee back in 1997.  I qualified as an ACCA member in 2001 and started to look after my own portfolio of clients. I spent the next 3 years increasing my portfolio and gaining valuable work experience as Barry’s manager. In 2004 I felt confident enough to take responsibility for my own clients and this was confirmed by Barry by appointing me as an associate of the firm. 
So far, 2007 has proven to be a high point in my career, I was able to complete my qualification by obtaining my practising certificate and I became a partner of the firm.  I feel very privileged to be a part of the firm.
I look after a client portfolio ranging from the 'one man band' to £1.5 million turnover limited companies.  I especially enjoy looking after new small businesses and helping them to set up and grow. My strength is being able to easily communicate to clients and help them to understand their figures without blinding them with all the technical terms.

Outside Interests
I have 2 children and they have helped me keep my work/life balance just right. I have always been an active person and enjoy Tae Kwon Do, cycling, aerobics. I also like any excuse to have a boogie. I enjoy watching the Formula 1 and you can’t beat a sunny day watching cricket.


Keith Hall 

Qualification: FCA

I joined Cardens in October 2011 as a partner and prior to this have been working as a partner for over 13 years in Brighton & Hove.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 having trained with a Brighton based firm. I have a wide and varied portfolio of clients and deal with all aspects of client affairs for both sole traders and limited companies, and have built up a considerable client base in the new media, entertainment and creative industries.
My family roots can be traced back into business in Brighton as my Great-Grandparents used to run a "fruit and veg" shop in Meeting House Lane in the south lanes, which is now a jewellers.
Since summer 2010, I have been helping numerous clients from media accountants Christopher Lunn & Co who have all found themselves subject to a tax enquiry from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). I have been supporting these clients to guide them through this unique enquiry and have also been working with HMRC to develop a framework with which to deal with the disclosure required to conclude these enquiries.

Outside Interests
I live in Hove and am married with a young son and daughter. I am a self confessed car geek and in my spare time like nothing better than throwing myself down the side of a hill on my mountain bike, spending time with my family and friends or doing the odd job around the house.



John Sowton 

Qualification: FCCA

Experienced in both professional practise and commerce and industry, I have specialist knowledge and skill set in business management, planning and development.
In particular, assisting companies to become more profitable, efficient and maximise growth potential either organically or through acquisition.

Outside Interests – Golf, football, cricket and almost any sport that involves socialising with friends and colleagues



Paul James 

Qualification: FCCA

I have been in audit and accountancy for just over 15 years.  I qualified with the AAT and ACCA during this time.  After qualifying I specialised in providing business advice to the owner-managed business sector.  I find solutions to business problems that owners typically face, with clarity and minimal jargon. 

Outside of work I play and umpire hockey matches for the Sussex league, also the occasional round of golf.



Amy Webster FCCA   

Work Experience:
After graduating from Sussex University with a BSc in mathematics, I joined the company in June 2003, as an accounts trainee.  I successfully completed all my professional exams with first time passes and officially became ACCA qualified in February 2007.  At this time, Barry appointed me as one of his managers, and I am therefore responsible for a section of his client portfolio with regard to accounts review, corporate and personal taxes. 

Outside Interests:
Once all my exams were finished, I found myself with more spare time than I knew what to do with!  On the keep fit front, I now enjoy walking, aerobics and playing tennis.  And on the social front, I am always keen to catch up with friends, usually
over pizza and wine, and will often be found in the pub quiz on a Sunday night.


James Phillips ACCA 

I joined Cardens in June 2002 at the age of 17, during my time I have successfully qualified at both AAT and ACCA levels.

Since passing my professional exams in January 2009 I have been appointed as a manager for Victoria, where I am responsible for helping in the day to day running of her client portfolio with regard to accounts review, corporate and personal taxes.

In my spare time I am part of the Senators Marching Band, eight times British Champions and two times European Champions where I play in the percussion section. We travel all over Europe competing in shows, as well as helping to
educate school children in the local area of Eastleigh, Hants. When I am not making music I like playing squash and football, I'm also currently learning the art of golf.


Andy Dunham ACCA 

I joined Cardens in September 2006 as a part qualified accountant.  Prior to Cardens I have 3 years practice experience, 2 years industry experience and had completed the AAT qualification.

I successfully completed all the ACCA exams with first time passes to become a qualified accountant in August 2008.

When I am not in the office I enjoy watching football, playing golf and going for a curry with friends.   

Harriet Tanner ACCA

I joined Cardens in June 2012 having come from a firm in Eastbourne where I gained both my ACCA qualification and 5 years practical experience.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling and festivals and a good book. I spend a lot of time catching up with friends and family, and enjoy weekends away when possible.

Chris Suleri-Johnson ACA

I joined Cardens in September 2011, as a qualified accountant specialising in audit. Prior to this, I have 5 years of experience working in practice with KPMG, where I joined as a graduate trainee, and qualified with ACA.

Born and bred in Birmingham, I have recently relocated to Brighton with my wife, and we are enjoying exploring our new surroundings and living by the seaside. I also enjoy learning to play guitar, speaking Spanish and cooking spicy food.

Tom Boniface ATT

I recently joined Cardens in November 2011 as a Tax Senior. Prior to Cardens I have 4 years' experience working within tax and completed the ATT qualification. In 2012 I will commence work on gaining the CTA qualification.

My interests include playing football and squash, watching any sport that involves socialising and attending music festivals.



Fiona Dawson MAAT 

I joined Cardens in February 2007 and completed my AAT qualification in August 2009. I am currently studying for my ACCA qualification.

My hobbies are reading, socialising with friends, puzzles, and baking when I have the time.

Gemma Wall

I joined Cardens in June 2012 as a Trainee Accountant, currently studying towards the final stages of ACCA. Prior to Cardens I have 3 years practice experience and graduated from Brighton University in 2003 with a BA(Hons) In Accountancy and Law. I spent 6 years between graduating and going into practice working overseas for a large tour operator, mainly as a holiday rep and airport controller in Austria, Rhodes, Portugal and Zante. I decided 9 seasons abroad was enough and returned to continue with my accountancy studies.
My main interests outside the office are skiing and running, most days I will visit the gym or the swimming pool. I also enjoy socialising and spending time with friends and family.


James Burt 

I joined Cardens in May 2009 as a trainee, I am currently undertaking the first year of ACCA.

My interests include socialising, listening to music, watching and playing football & going to the gym.



Tom Kellow 

I recently joined Cardens in April 2010 as a trainee and am studying towards my ACCA qualification. Prior to this I graduated from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 hons in Business and Management Studies where I took modules in both financial and management accounting.

Away from work I enjoy football, rock climbing, listening to music and meeting up with friends for a drink.



Anissa Flint 

I joined Cardens in July 2011 as a trainee. I am currently studying for the technician level of the AAT.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping and going to the cinema.


Robin Ward

I joined the staff at Cardens in October 2011 as a trainee, having recently graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Economics. I am planning to start studying for the ACCA qualification in January 2012.

Outside of work my main interest is in rugby. I also enjoy watching other sports, listening to music or socialising with friends and family.

Christopher Deare

I joined Cardens in November 2011 as a trainee to study towards my ACCA qualification. Prior to this I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a 2.1 in Business Management and Accounting & Finance.

Away from work I spend a lot of my time playing football, cricket or golf. I also enjoy listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Allen

I joined Cardens in June 2012 as a trainee, having recently graduated from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 in Mathematics with Economics. I am planning to start studying towards my ACCA qualification in September 2012.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family and walking my dog Alfie.

Matthew Killick

I recently joined Cardens as a trainee at the end of April 2012, I arrived here with nearly 2 years experience of working in an accounting practice in Worthing. I will be studying for the ACCA qualification.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends and family, playing football and watching most sports or listening to music.

Alex Beaken

I joined Cardens in July 2012 as a trainee having graduated from university with a degree (BSc) in Accounting and Finance. I am planning to start studying towards my ACCA qualification.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, watching films and spending time with my wife.


Sue Read 

I joined Cardens in August 2008 after working as a freelance Bookkeeper for about 2 years.  Prior to that I worked as a Finance Manager for an Advertising Agency in Brighton.

I love math and anything to do with figures.  I originally wanted to be a Maths Teacher but took the path to accountancy instead.

Hobbies….Suduko (of course), karaoke, pool, darts and any other actiivity that revolves around a pub!

As I mainly work from client's premises it is a rare delight to find me in the office.   



Ioana Moldovan 

I joined Cardens in March 2012 after working as a freelance bookkeeper for over
6 years. Prior to that I worked as a Primary School Teacher in my home country.
I am a very practical person and very good at embracing the new and the

I spend almost all of my free time with my husband and our two children. I also enjoy making puzzles and travelling.  

Angela King

I joined Cardens in June 2012 and have over 20 year’s payroll experience. For the 10 years, prior to joining Cardens, I was with an accountancy practice in Worthing, looking after their clients’ payrolls. Before that I was at a large Worthing based company for a number of years processing their payroll.

In my spare time I enjoy meeting with friends for some good food and wine, going to the cinema and going for long walks.


Kim Strachan 

I am a secretary for Cardens Accountants and have been here since January 2005.  I work closely with Elaine and I am responsible for all outgoing correspondence and looking after your statutory books and your company records.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming and playing pool.




Cassie Yandell 

I originally come from Windsor and spent several years working at Legoland as a team leader in the Food and beverage department. I moved to Brighton to study nursing at the University of Brighton. After a year, however, I decided to take a break from my studies and applied to work at Cardens - a complete change from nursing!

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, so I can regularly be found enjoying the Brighton nightlife!




Tahilyn Carden 

I am part of the team at Cardens Accountants as a Clerical Assistant.

My hobbies are Salsa dancing, spending time at the Gym and I enjoy very much
the company of my husband and friends.



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